2 militants killed, operation continues in south Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed in the ongoing encounter which ensued in south Kashmir district of Anantnag during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on Friday morning, official sources said.
Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid in a tweet said, ”Encounter was going on in Kokernag area of Anantnag, reportedly presence of 2/3 terrorists, firing stopped, search is on.”
Internet service of all cellular companies has been suspended in Anantnag district to prevent spread of rumours. However, train service in the valley also remained suspended for the third day today as a precautionary measure.
A police spokesman said on a tip-off about the presence of militants, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint CASO in forest area in village Gadole at Kokernag in Anantnag district early this morning.
When the troops were moving towards particular area, the militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons.
Security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter, they said, adding that two militants were killed. Since intermittent firing was still going on from the damaged house, there are one or two more militants hiding there.
Sources said security forces blasted the house from where the militants were hiding and firing.
They said additional security forces were rushed to the area to foil any attempt by the militants to escape.
Security forces and state police personnel have also been deployed in the areas near the encounter site to prevent any demonstration.
This was the first encounter in south Kashmir after militants shot dead three policemen, including an officer and a BJP local leader since Eid-ul-Azha on August 22. (UNI)